As should be expected, Russia and China want to keep up to the minute on what the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is up to at all times. There is no better way to do this than to send one of your ships to follow along and keep track. As we believe in the freedom of navigation and the freedom of the seas, they are perfectly legal to do this. This intelligence gathering ships will monitor all electronic emissions and all tactical activities and report to higher authority. This is the way it has been going on since the beginning of the Cold War.
As Written by the Associated Press and reported by the Salt Lake Tribune:
China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula, multiple sources of the Japanese government revealed to The Yomiuri Shimbun.
It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea. The Self-Defense Forces are strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area, according to the sources.
The aircraft carrier strike group, composed of the Carl Vinson at its core with guided-missile destroyers and other vessels, is understood to be around the East China Sea and heading north toward waters near the Korean Peninsula.
China and Russia, which prioritize stability in the Korean Peninsula, showed concern over the tough U.S. stance, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying the issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic efforts.
The dispatch of the intelligence-gathering vessels appears to be partly aimed at sending a warning signal to the United States………
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